Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and Master of Science (MS) Degree for International Dentists – with optional 2nd Year

Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry (TUKSoD) offers a postgraduate opportunity for dentists who hold a BDS, DMD, or DDS degree from an international dental school not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). This comprehensive program includes both clinical and didactic training, and the flexibility to attain an optional Master’s of Science (MSc) degree in Oral Health Sciences. 

Offered to internationally trained dentists, this is a tuition-based, one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program. Residents in this one-year program also have the flexibility to pursue an optional second year of AEGD training and/or to earn an optional Master’s of Science (MSc) degree in Oral Health Sciences. Those interested in the optional MSc degree must apply to both the first-year AEGD and MSc programs concurrently. If accepted to both programs, the tuition for the MSc degree program will be included in the AEGD tuition.

A first-year AEGD resident may choose to be considered for a second year AEGD with a letter of intent forwarded to the program director. Those enrolled in the MSc degree program who are successfully admitted to a second year of AEGD will continue to have their Master’s degree tuition included in the AEGD program tuition. Those who either do not apply for, or are not accepted into the second year AEGD may complete their MSc degree at the published per credit rate. 

The TUKSoD AEGD program continues to be very successful in developing the dentist’s critical analytical and technical skill, didactic knowledge and clinical acumen. At the foundation of its success is a well-supported modern clinic, experienced faculty and very large patient pool. A recently renovated 15 chair suite welcomes patients with a modern style and provides efficient delivery of dental care. Contained within the suite are private surgical rooms, large lecture room, a support laboratory, and office space for both administrative staff and residents. Residents benefit from an ample number of experienced and dedicated faculty members who support the active clinical and didactic curriculum. Representing a diversity of experiences across multiple disciplines, the faculty work together as a team to support the professional development of the residents and excellent dental care for patients. Clinical rotations through other departments will support the understanding patient care in each dental discipline. TUKSoD serves tens of thousands of patients annually, which creates a rich environment for AEGD residents develop and achieve their professional goals. This AEGD postdoctoral program is recognized for the excellence of its clinical and didactic curricular components. We are part of the Temple University Health Science Center, and our practice base includes many outpatients with complex medical histories who are referred to our residents for the dental care they require before undergoing cardiac or transplant surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, or hip and knee replacement surgery. The AEGD Faculty members are dedicated to providing a learning environment that encourages each resident to maximize his or her clinical potential, in order to undergo the metamorphosis from a senior dental student to a professional practice colleague.

A newly redesigned Masters degree program takes advantage of the wide range of scholarly activities at TUKSoD, and degree candidates are able to incorporate flexibility in their curriculum. The program will capitalize on the breadth and depth of the many varied disciplines at the Kornberg School. The program will offer students the choice to either survey a range of oral health disciplines, or pursue a special interest in one particular discipline. Masters degree candidates may satisfy their required credit hours of coursework in a manner that serves their interests and future career goals. Research mentors are available in any of the academic departments and any of the CODA accredited advanced training certificate programs, including: Endodontology, Orthodontics, Periodontology and Implantology, or Public Health.  Oral Health Sciences represent areas of study far beyond the traditional view of dentistry. 

The AEGD/MSc program combines these two sought-after programs into one mutually supportive program. The residents/students enrolled in this two-year program will be offered the resources and timetable to support their successful completion of an AEGD certificate and an MSc degree simultaneously. The joint schedule of coursework includes the credit hours required to satisfy the MSc over two years, culminating in a thesis presentation. Time is dedicated to research in the second year, as the participant’s research project gathers momentum and requires more attention for a timely completion. The student will continue in a second year AEGD to grow clinical skills while completing their research project.

Temple University continually strives to expand its range of international associations and international dentists are encouraged to apply to this program.

The standard process for international applicants to this postgraduate program includes an in-person interview and a practical simulation exercise to demonstrate their level of technical skill (i.e. a bench test).

The clinical AEGD program, combined with a flexible MSc in Oral Health Sciences are offered as a 2-year comprehensive program designed to develop the clinician educator. Graduates of this program have an immense opportunity to influence the future of dentistry and dental education.

Applications: You must also submit all of the AEGD application materials listed at: https://dentistry.temple.edu/aegd_and_ms_degree_for_international_dentists/applicant-information as well as the $50 online application fee available HERE. Applicants who are interested in concurrently enrolling in the optional second year of the MSc program must also submit an application and $60 application fee to the MSc in Oral Health Sciences program by CLICKING HERE (this is a different link than the $50 AEGD application fee but both must be submitted if interested in the optional second year to complete the MSc program). 

Annual tuition and fees: In-state tuition of $61,750 and out-of state tuition of $69,398 and instrument fee of $4,500 per year, or refer to Temple University’s registrar’s page.

The programs in Predoctoral Dental Education (DMD), Advanced Specialty Education in Dental Public Health, Advanced Specialty Education in Endodontics, Advanced Specialty Education in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Advanced Specialty Education in Periodontics are also accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and have been given the accreditation status of Approval (without reporting requirements). The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678. The Commission's web address is: http://ada.org/100.aspx. The Commission on Dental Accreditation has accredited the postdoctoral program in Advanced Education in General Dentistry, however accreditation of the program does not, in itself, constitute recognition of any dental specialty status.